Get a life – Music

I’m not a movie star, but my life has always had its own sound track. I have just a few memories from my childhood and all of them are music related. My mother was an English teacher and she was always listening to American and British music. She also liked to watch American Musical Films: anything from Disney’s cartoons to Gene Kelly’s movies. My father liked to listen to classical music and to watch opera and ballet. I remember he had a wooden box with thick pink and yellow Long Plays with the best of classical music that had a great visual impact on me. I also liked the covers of my mother’s favorites: The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Bill Haley, Pat Boone and the American Big Bands. Those albums and movies attracted me not only musically but also visually. Those singers were like fairy tales’ characters for me and their songs were my lullabies. They both liked Brazilian music as well: Brazilian Bossa Nova and Brazilian Pop Music (MPB) would have their fair share on our shelves. I was very lucky of being a teenager during the 80’s. Lots of new bands and music styles emerged and developed during the 80’s. I can say I eye witnessed Brazilian Pop Rock’s explosion. I was there during the first gigs of major bands like Barão Vermelho (Cazuza), Paralamas do Sucesso, Legião Urbana and Titãs. We would go to a live concert of a band nobody knew about, and some months later they were playing on the radio or on MTV. It felt like we were part of their success. My political awareness awakening was due to music too: U2’s “Sunday Bloody Sunday”, Chico Buarque and Gilberto Gil’s “Cálice” and Titãs’ “Polícia” are a few examples. Of course that being a Brazilian girl I liked samba and carnival songs very much. We would spend a whole year planning our Carnival costumes. Music also made my traveling experiences different and better: Peru and Bolivia wouldn’t be the same for me without Los Kjarkas or traditional Andean music. When I visited those countries whenever we went we would listen to “Ave de Cristal”, “El Picaflor” or the traditional Andean music with its peculiar flutes; Alejandro Sanz’s songs made me company during my trips in Spain; Bahia would not be the same without Dorival Caymmi, Caetano Veloso, Chiclete com Banana or Timbalada – There is no way to describe what it feels like watching Timbaladas’ rehearsal in Pelourinho. I grew up listening to music and it has become a vital part of my life. It’s like eating or sleeping. I don’t know how people live without it. I wake up – my alarm clock plays Norah Jones’ “Good Morning” – and I go to bed listening to music. It can change my mood and it has already changed my life more than once. U2’s “Stuck in a moment you can’t get out of” made me realize I needed to break up with my boyfriend and move out from São Paulo. Song writers have replaced poets – for good and for evil – they can write and expose feelings we are not able to. The lyrics are very important in a song, but sometimes the melody does the job. When they are both great, we have unforgettable songs that are going to give us reasons to smile, to cry, to fall in love, to make decisions, to remember and to forget. They can make your life better. What am I listening to nowadays? I like to listen to Brazilian Pop and Rock music when I go out to dance, but at home or at work I’ve got two main playlists: 1) Brazilian female singers/songwriters – Adriana Calcanhoto, Maria Rita, Zélia Duncan, Marisa Monte and Cássia Eller; 2) American and British female singers/songwriters: Adele, Norah Jones, Amy Winehouse, Alicia Keys, Corinne Bailey Rae and Joss Stone. It is not enough to get a life. You need to put some music in it.

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